How Mold Affects Asthma

Though mold is everywhere, all around us, this doesn’t change the fact that mold exposure can have harmful health effects that can become worse with prolonged exposure. Mold can have most significant consequences for those with existing asthma or respiratory related conditions. Asthma is a respiratory condition that narrows your airways, causing them to swell and produce excess mucus and currently affects over 25 million people in the United States. Mold spores can compromise an immune system and even trigger asthma attacks when inhaled.

Since mold can cause wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath and asthma causes tightening of airways and difficulty breathing even without the presence of mold, it can be a scary situation for those with asthma when mold is discovered. Mold can encourage these symptoms thereby making an asthmatic person suffer much more. Even in those without asthma or respiratory conditions, mold exposure can irritated eyes and skin, headaches or fever.

People that are already suffering from asthma or allergies are more likely to experience more serious symptoms when exposed to mold and repeated exposure to mold or other allergens can impair lung function. Some people with asthma may find it difficult to manage their symptoms, particularly if there is mold that may require more medication or even hospitalization. People with asthma and allergies may find that their symptoms intensify when they’re out on a windy day, or at home, or when they’re out on windier days. Runny nose, wheezing, coughing, vomiting and dehydration and rash are the most common signs of mold exposure.

People who are not allergic to mold can develop sensitivity to mold after repeated exposure. People with allergies to mold can experience wheezing, coughing, runny nose and dehydration, caused by a high proportion of mold. Shots can benefit those who are allergic to mold at any point, but even people who live in a water-damaged building with mold or mycotoxins are more likely to have an allergic reaction to the atmosphere they live in.

A research published in 2012 showed that children and infants exposed to mold at home have an increased risk of developing asthma by age 7. Mold exposure can also exacerbate existing lung diseases, and a correlation between mold exposure and the development of asthma and other lung diseases such as lung cancer may be identified.

The best way to maintain ideal air quality and ensure a healthy environment is to have your interior tested for mold and if necessary, treated for mold remediation. Mold can be hard to discover at times as it requires a water source, which most tend to be hidden behind walls or other structures. Once mold becomes visible is when it has had time to develop into a larger problem.

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